Inoue Yakata (Shiga)




The site was the home of the Kagami who established Hoshigasaki Castle in the Kamakura Period. After the end of the Kagami clan it seems to have been occupied by the Inoue, a branch family of the Sasaki. Their descendents still live there today. See Hoshigasaki Castle for more details.

Visit Notes

I have often introduced a fortified home (yakata) and mountaintop castle pairing that was common in the Sengoku Period. Hoshigasaki Castle and the Inoue Yakata is another. The Inoue Yakata is one of the better preserved yakata sites I've seen. The nearly 3 meter high embankment and deep trench is quite impressive.

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Castle Profile
English Name Inoue Yakata (Shiga)
Japanese Name 井上氏館
Alternate Names Kagami-jo
Founder Sasaki Hisatsuna
Year Founded 1200's
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Shinohara Sta. (Tokaido Line), 35 min walk to Ryuo Michi-no-eki, 10 min walk. Also, bus from Yasu Sta. for Mitsui Outlet Park stops here
Visitor Information private residence, moats only observed from outside
Time Required 15 mins
Location Ryuo, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 5' 6.29" N, 136° 5' 5.93" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor Eric
Admin Year Visited 2022
Admin Visits May 3, 2022

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